Appenzeller Sennenhund Facts

Appenzeller Sennenhund Facts
Appenzeller Sennenhund, also known as Appenzeller mountain dog, belongs to the Sennenhund family. This is one of the 4 types of ancient Swiss dogs that share many similarities in the morphology and personality, but differ in size. Appenzeller Sennenhund is typical farm dog created to herd the cattle, pull carts and protect the farmland. This breed is rarely seen today. It is still used as a working dog, as well as a pet in some areas.
Interesting Appenzeller Sennenhund Facts:
Appenzeller Sennenhund can reach 18.5 to 23 inches in height and 48 to 55 pounds of weight.
Appenzeller Sennenhund has thick, shiny coat that is black or brown-colored and covered with tan and white markings on the face, chest, legs, feet and tail. Undercoat is grey, brown or black-colored.
Appenzeller Sennenhund has almond-shaped eyes, small, triangular ears which hang down the cheeks, flat, broad skull and compact, muscular body.
Name "Appenzeller Sennenhund" refers to the Appenzell region (alpine area in the northeast part of Switzerland), where this breed was created, and Senn people, dairy farmers in the Swiss Alps, who created this breed.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is self-confident, reliable, cheerful and very intelligent dog that can be easily trained. It has plenty of energy and strong working ethics. Appenzeller Sennenhund is created to perform various tasks during the day and to protect the household during the night.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is naturally suspicious to strangers. It barks loudly to announce presence of unknown persons on "its" territory. Unless properly socialized, it can become overly suspicious.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is very good with children, but due to strong herding instinct, it may treat them as "herd" that needs to be organized and guided in certain direction.
Appenzeller Sennenhund requires lots of exercises and "working tasks" each day. It easily becomes restless and destructive when it is not engaged in various activities.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is not suitable for inactive owners, life in the apartments and urban areas. This breed is the happiest in the rural areas, when it is assigned with numerous duties. It will readily pull garden carts and perform other "important" tasks in the household.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is very good at sports and competitions which test herding skills, agility and obedience of dogs.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is used as rescue dogs in Swiss Alps today.
Appenzeller Sennenhund sheds a lot, but it doesn't require too much brushing.
Pregnancy in Appenzeller Sennenhund lasts 60 days and ends with 6 puppies on average. Puppies sleep 90% of the time during the first few weeks of their life.
Appenzeller Sennenhund is healthy breed, but it is prone to hip dysplasia and obesity.
Appenzeller Sennenhund has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

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